Discipline and Debate The Language of Violence in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

ISBN-10: 0520269470

ISBN-13: 9780520269477

Edition: 2012

Authors: Michael Lempert
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Description: "Before countless audiences across the globe, the Dalai Lama has tried to refashion Tibetan Buddhism into a modern religion compatible with empirical science and founded on principles of nonviolence and "universal compassion," but how exactly has this project affected monastic education in exile? This pathbreaking study traces the career of the modern liberal subject in the Tibetan diaspora in India. Focusing on monastic debate and disciplinary practices such as reprimand and corporal punishment, Michael Lempert shows how violence makes monks into educated, moral persons but in ways that trouble Tibetans who aspire to liberal ideals like individual autonomy and natural rights. Based on ethnographic and linguistic fieldwork at monasteries in India, and with close attention to the way monks interact, Lempert details the craft of liberal mimicry. He shows how efforts to act out liberal ideals--partially, fitfully, and sometimes with acute ambivalence--are part of a broader drama of eliciting sympathy from spectators in the West and enlisting their aid in Tibet's struggle with China."--Publisher's description.

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/30/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Michael Lempertis Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Technical Note on Transcription and Research Methods
Introduction: Liberal Sympathies
Debate
Dissensus by Design
Debate as a Rite of Institution
Debate as a Diasporic Pedagogy
Discipline
Public Reprimand is Serious Theatre
Affected Signs, Sincere Subjects
Conclusion: The Liberal Subject, in Pieces
Notes
References
Index
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